Wedding Traditions of the South..... and Nanna

After the responses I received after the previous post, I am following your suggestions with a Southern Traditions post. It seems fitting since we're still in the June Bride month. 

1. Bible Bouquet 

lots of southern families have small bibles that have been passed down over the years. Typically these are signed by each owner inside the cover once received and most florist actually have their own way of incorporating it into the Bouquet. Not going to lie, the idea of having to add a bulky bible to my already rather large Bouquet was not exactly something I got excited about.  But once I opened the front page and saw the names and knew I was the next one to carry my faith down the aisle put me at peace. 

                 * little white bible

                * little white bible

 

2. Bury the Bourbon

I for one did not bury the bourbon, partly because there wasn't much accessible dirt around our church and mostly because we drank most of it. However the tradition is that if you bury a full bottle of bourbon  upside down at your wedding venue exactly one month before the wedding day, you will keep the rain away.

Friends of ours, Mr. and Mrs. Chilton Stone,  did this tradition and actually got featured on Knob Creek's website.

 

 

3. Rehearsal Stand In

So this one actually came from Nanna and has been implemented in my family, but I don't know how many other people actually do this. The saying goes that it is bad luck to stand with your groom at the alter during the rehearsal. We used my dad and then the hubs practiced his steps with me not up there. I'm sure this sounds really superstitious but this is marriage people and I DO is FOREVER.

 

5. Wedding Wreaths

Just another symbol to let the neighborhood and friends that there is a soon to be bride in the household. Now a days you can buy these on etsy but typically these are made by the bride's mother.




4. Groom's Cake

While the wedding cake is typically the show stopper, next to the bride, this tradition started in the south and was so popular that it now spreads throughout the nation. Usually the grooms cake was to reflect the grooms style, alma mater or taste, but I have seen some that are just a chocolate square. Here is ours and then some of my favorites from my southern friends.....

 War Eagle

War Eagle

 Gone Fishin

Gone Fishin

 Go Heels

Go Heels

 Bottoms Up

Bottoms Up